Joseph Michael Heilman, 67, formerly of Logansport, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Ossian Health & Rehabilitation Center in Ossian, Indiana, ending his 10-year battle with a devastating disease. He was surrounded by loved ones.
Born in Evansville in 1949, Joseph married his college sweetheart, Deborah (Simmons) Heilman, in 1971 in Logansport. He spent the next 45 years cherishing her every day as she tenderly devoted her life to taking care of him.
The cross Joseph had to bear took the form of Parkinson's disease. The horrific disease seized his body, but it never took his spirit. Joe's faithful soul brought endless smiles to all who cared for him along his journey. He was a hero and an inspiration to many. He fought an amazing fight and affectionately became known as our Energizer Bunny because he never ever gave up.
Surviving along with his wife are daughters, Jennifer (Jim) Cole and Michelle (Chad) Creager; son Aaron (Kerri) Heilman; grandchildren, Zachary, Brian, Emily, Evan, Jacob, Brady, Katherine and Elizabeth; sisters, Sally (Rick) Clements, Suzan Thoren, Christa (Mike) Williams, Colleen (Bob) Onyett, Nicci (Jim) Thomasma; sister-in-law Sandra (Ron) Tunis; and lots of nieces and nephews that loved Uncle Joey.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary (Gore) Heilman; father, George Heilman; mother-in-law, Martha (Krueckeberg) Simmons; and father-in-law, Robert Simmons.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, March 10, at All Saint's Catholic Church, with Clayton Thompson officiating.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Kroeger Funeral Home, with an additional visitation one hour before the funeral services on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
John 3:16 says that "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Arrangements and care are being provided by Kroeger Funeral and Cremation.
Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 7, 2017